Rev. Dr. Surekha Nelavala is serving a mission church, Global Peace Lutheran Fellowship, to build a community with multicultural focus through praise, worship and fellowship. Dr. Nelavala is ordained in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) India, and Rostered in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Dr. Nelavala has a PhD in Biblical Studies, NT, from Drew University, NJ, with several years of teaching experience both in India and in USA. She taught as a visiting lecturer in Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA, and as an adjunct faculty at Hood College, Frederick, MD, and served as an Assistant Professor at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, India.
Dr. Nelavala has authored two books and published several articles and essays both in India and in United States. She has delivered lectures and made presentations at several academic and ecclesial forums that included SBL, United Nations, World Council of Churches, and Lutheran World Federation on the topics related to Religion, church and social justice. Dr. Nelavala has traveled internationally and thus cultivated inter-cultural and inter-contextual perspectives as well as multicultural persepctives as a biblical scholar. She is committed to the ecclesiastical cause of bringing scholarship and people of God together in developing praxis-oriented liberating hermeneutics of the Bible, which she intends to use effectively in her ministry. Rev. Nelavala' passion as a minister is to bring good news of Christ to the people effectively while offering theologically grounded Christian teaching through preaching, liturgy and Bible studies.
In addition, Dr. Nelavala has a worked as an Executive Director, Women's Desk, UELCI, and involved in church ministries and social advocacy for justice.